Medium quality ingredient - nutritionally adequate and unlikely to cause any problems e.g. fillers etc

Sugar Beet in dog food

Sugar Beet

Beet pulp (the fibrous material from sugar beets which is left-over after sugar production) is used in dog food as a dietary fibre supplement. The sugar is almost completely removed leaving behind an excellent source of both soluble and insoluble fibre. Fibre helps to promote general digestive health in dogs. Nevertheless, beet pulp continues to be a topic of debate with many critics arguing that it is little more than a filler and an un-natural food for dogs. With little solid evidence either way, the jury is still out on beet pulp.

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Adam Brooks 9 years ago

Very interesting :)

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John Anderson 10 years ago

Absolute nonsense, get this waste product into the red once and for all as the only jury thats still out on this indigestible rubbish are the likes of the big pet food corporations such as Mars, Colgate & Purina etc that market this waste junk rather than putting it into a landfill where it belongs in the name of profit, Dogs are carnivores and should not be eating grains of any description whatsoever FACT let alone this organ damaging waste product. Sort out your analysis Which and put this into the Red where it belongs if your to be taken seriously.

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All About Dog Food John Anderson 10 years ago

Thanks for posting John. A few points - First, sugar beet is not a grain, it is a root and it is widely recognised that nutritious roots were a core part of the dog's ancestral diet which explains why many domesticated dogs still dig for roots today.
Second, if you click on the 'Find foods containing sugar beet' link above you will find that it really isn't just the large corporations that use it.
Finally, sugar beet pulp is indeed indigestible - all fibre is, that's how it works. Dogs need fibre and all of the data indicates that sugar beet fibre is relatively good quality.
If you can refer me to any reputable study that shows that sugar beet is detrimental to a dogs health, I will gladly reconsider the rating.

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John Anderson All About Dog Food 10 years ago

Which Nutritionists, the ones that are sponsored by these same companies that sell these products that contain this rubbish and I'm fully aware of role of fibre in the diet of an animal or ourselves for that matter? Secondly I'm not implying that Beet Pulp is a grain but that any food that contain grains in general have no place in the diet of any carnivore. Incidentally, how can you yourself claim to be impartial and unbiased if your sponsored by a company that sells most of the junk on the market as this can only be viewed as a conflict of interest?

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Christian Pace John Anderson 9 years ago

My vet says she sees a regular inflow of dogs that are blocked because their owners feed an exclusively carnivorous diet. Dogs are omnivorous scavengers. They could not be exclusively carnivorous becasue they are not big enough to bring down the prey they would need in order to have enough food. They will eat anything that remotely smells edible. That is how they evolved from wolves to dogs, they adapted to eating our garbage and thrived. If you want to feed an ancestral/natural diet, look not firther than your trash can. That was one of the results of an independent scientific study on dog behavioral ecology in free living conditions by Dr Ray Coppinger and Lorna Coppinger. And you think the emerging brands advocating the new trend have nothing to gain by trying to discredit other diets (without peer reviewed scientific research no less)? Not all that glitters is gold.

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Madoperfan All About Dog Food 4 years ago

I cannot point you to a survey but can guarantee that my dog gets sick on any food with beets in it! They rehydrate in his tummy and he passes red stools! Vet told me to avoid !!!

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TheEvilPenguinGamer All About Dog Food 4 years ago

Beet bulp reduces taurine levels more than any other fibre source and is suspected of contributing to the rise of heart disease in dogs in US being fed grain free foods.

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Alex Field 10 years ago

rubbish the only jury thats still out is the poor saps brainwashed by the big pet food manufacturers

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